Category: Current News

Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2) Now Adopted

Allerdale Borough Council has formally adopted the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2) at a virtual meeting of the Full Council on 22 July 2020. This follows receipt of the Inspectors report on 09 January 2020 concluding that the Local Plan is legally compliant and sound subject to the Inspector’s recommended modifications. These modifications are now… Read more »

Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (2019): consultation analysis report published

Marine Scotland has now published the consultation analysis report on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. The Scottish Government published the draft Plan  on 18 December 2019 and the consultation ran until 25 March 2020, a total of 14 weeks. The draft Plan is accompanied by seven supporting documents; Strategic Environmental Assessment… Read more »

The MMO launches their vision for the next 10 years


The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched its vision document: ‘MMO – The Next Ten Years’. This sets out the MMO’s aims and how it will achieve its bold ambitions for a prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities. The MMO Vision is, ‘A prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities’. They further… Read more »

Scotland is stunning, let’s keep it that way!

Zero Waste Scotland – in partnership with Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful – has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to take pride in our outdoor spaces including our coast and keep them litter free. The campaign calls on everyone to do their part in preventing litter by simply binning their rubbish, or… Read more »

Great British Beach Clean 2020

The Great British Beach Clean looks a little different this year! This September Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is running the Great British Beach Clean for a week of citizen science from 18th – 25th September 2020. Like many events, this year the Great British Beach Clean looks a little different. Rather than encouraging volunteers to… Read more »

Kippford RNLI is Hosting a Virtual Open Week

Kippford RNLI is hosting a Virtual Open Week this year.  The event will run from Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August. This is in place of the usual station open day which has sadly had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. There has been a lifeboat station at Kippford since 1966 and the… Read more »

Join a Whistle Stop Tour of the Archaeology of the Rhins

Join AOC Archaeology on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm for a whistle stop tour of the archaeology of the Rhins, with a focus on Doon Castle. With the beginnings of relaxation of the lockdown Dumfries and Galloway Council are now able to re-start some of the Rhins Revealed engagement work which forms part of the… Read more »

Publication of the draft MMO Consultation Summary of Marine Plans

The MMO has just published the MMOs Consultation Summary to the draft North West, North East, South East and South West Marine Plans. The summary is an interim summary to the Modifications Report, which is being developed alongside the final Marine Plans. The Consultation Summary covers the background to the consultation on the draft Marine… Read more »

The Scottish Crown Estate allocates its revenue for 2020 to 2021

Coastal communities are set to benefit from the net revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets out to 12 nautical miles. Scottish Ministers agreed that annual allocations should be distributed to local areas in arrears following the finalisation of the annual accounts for the Scottish Crown Estate. The allocation for 2020-2021 relates to… Read more »

Interim Report Published – Developing and implementing Regional Marine Plans in Scotland

In May 2019, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreed to examine the experience of developing and implementing Regional Marine Plans in Scotland, ten years on from the Marine Planning (Scotland) Act 2010 that provided the framework for Plans. An interim report has now been published. It summarises information gathered by the Committee… Read more »